Kabang, the Hero Dog Without a Snout, Arrives at UC Davis

She saved two children from a speeding motorcycle in the Philippines, but paid a dear price. Now Kabang is getting the care she needs.

Michael Leaverton  |  Oct 16th 2012


We’ve been following the story of Kabang, the hero dog who lost her snout when she jumped in front of a motorcycle and saved two little girls in the Philippines. Since the accident, Kabang has gotten on remarkably well, though she hasn’t been able to receive proper veterinarian care to close the wound on her face.

After Kabang’s online fame grew, an international effort dubbed Project Kabang developed to raise the money to bring the dog to the United States, where she would be able to receive life-saving surgery.

The effort paid off: On Oct. 10, Kabang finally arrived at UC Davis’ famed Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Based on a preliminary exam, veterinary surgeons Boaz Arzi and Frank Verstraete are confident Kabang will be fine.

“We are pleased with what we discovered today,” Verstraete said, according to UC Davis. “We are confident we can improve her condition going forward.”

“Kabang has suffered catastrophic injuries to her face,” said Arzi. “While we had consulted over photos and video, we were not able to make a proper determination of the care we would be able to offer Kabang until we examined her in person.”

Kabang will not receive a prosthetic snout. Instead, she will receive two surgeries. One to focus on dental work, and another to close the “gaping wound” on her face to prevent infection and improve her life. Doctors believe Kabang will be at the hospital for six weeks.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on this remarkable dog’s progress.

Via UC Davis

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